MX23RW : Tuesday, October 23 01:41:44
Aug 11, 2018 at 12.30pm UK at ​Tynecastle Stadium (Edinburgh)
Attendance: 19,113
Hearts
1-0
Celtic
Lafferty (56')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Timeline
8'     K. Lafferty
23'     J. Mulraney
39'     B. Garuccio
45+3'     A. Hughes (C. Berra)
L. Griffiths        50'
56'     K. Lafferty (U. Ikpeazu)
62'     S. Naismith
(L. Griffiths) O. Edouard        63'
(J. Hayes) J. Forrest        63'
(K. Eboue) T. Rogic        70'
74'     O. Bozanic (J. Mulraney)
78'     M. Smith
81'     H. Cochrane (K. Lafferty)
J. Hendry        90'

Brendan Rodgers addresses Celtic exit rumours

Rodgers addresses Celtic exit rumours
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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers does not intend to walk away from the Scottish giants, insisting that he 'loves every day' at Parkhead.

Brendan Rodgers has denied suggestions that he has threatened to walk away from Celtic if the board fail to agree to his transfer demands.

The Hoops suffered a rare defeat on Saturday lunchtime as they fell to a Kyle Lafferty goal away to Hearts in their second Scottish Premiership outing of the season.

Build-up to the match at Tynecastle was dominated by talk that Rodgers had fallen out with his bosses over possible targets, with three weeks to go for clubs north of the border to bring in new recruits.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the 1-0 loss, however, the Ulsterman stressed that he 'loves every minute' at the club and has no intention of quitting.

"I can't go on about players we want in. Of course we want quality players but there's still improvement in this squad, this team, lots of young players so we'll continue to work with and improve them," he said.

"I love my life here. Despite all reports - there's talk of ultimatums with the board - I don't work that way, my communication is very open, so that's certainly not the case.

"And I'd read somewhere else about walking away. I've got three years left on my contract here and I love every day of my life at Celtic. All I want is for us to improve every aspect of the club. It's a disappointing result for us. We'd a good performance in midweek and drew, but you move on in football very quickly."

Celtic return to action on Tuesday evening with a trip to AEK Athens in the second leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie, which is poised at 1-1.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at the Scottish Cup final between Celtic and Motherwell on May 19, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Hearts9531125718
2RangersRangers95222291317
3Celtic9522134917
4Hibernian94411861216
5Livingston944185316
6Kilmarnock9432106415
7Aberdeen934297213
8St Johnstone9243616-1010
9Motherwell9144711-47
10Hamilton AcademicalHamilton9216718-117
11St Mirren9135416-126
12Dundee9027316-132

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